During the 2016 presidential election, security experts at Facebook discovered that Russian operatives had been actively attempting to undermine the democratic process. Using ads and fake accounts on the social media giant’s platform, those operatives spread disinformation and propaganda. As security chief of the company, Alex Stamos was at the center of the company’s investigation.
Alex spoke up publicly about shortcomings with the government and tech industry’s responses to the snowballing problem of election meddling. Now he has left Facebook for a position at Stanford, where he’ll research digital threats to democracy and what we should do about them. Join Ars Technica’s editor-at-large Annalee Newitz in conversation with Alex on October 10 at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. There will be plenty of time for audience questions, too. Doors are at 7pm, and the conversation starts at 7:30. Tickets are free.
Alex Stamos is an adjunct professor at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. As a chief security officer at Facebook and Yahoo and a co-founder of iSEC Partners, Stamos has investigated and responded to some of the most seminal events in the short history of cybersecurity, and he has been called the “Forrest Gump of Info Sec” by friends. He is working on election security via the Defending Digital Democracy Project and advising NATO’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. He has spoken on six continents, testified in Congress, served as an expert witness for the wrongly accused, earned a BSEE from UC Berkeley, and holds five patents.
Ars Technica Live is a monthly series spotlighting people who are working at the cutting edge of technology, science, and culture. It’s held the second Wednesday of every month at Eli’s.
If you can’t reach Eli’s on October 10, never fear! We will post video of the event here on Ars in two weeks. You can see video of past Ars Live conversations here.